What We Do

Freshwater creates a clear  picture of your watershed, habitat, or urban environment. We provide integrated modeling  and mapping solutions designed to inform and assist with social and environmental decision making for both ecological and urban systems. Our products build the bridge between science/technology and planning/policy. More Info

What We Do

Freshwater focuses on the application of geospatial tools and integrated modeling frameworks in:

 Technologies we use:

Freshwater is committed to rational, proactive policy response to climate change and population growth. As a result, our models and tools incorporate the most available climate science and sustainability practices.

Service Areas

Water Resource Planning

Freshwater provides a range of modeling and decision support services for water resource planning.  As participants in the Willamette Water 2100 project at Oregon State University, we  helped to develop the WW2100 Whole Watershed Model (WWM). The WWM is the first of a new class of spatially and temporally explicit simulation models which take into account not only natural hydrological and ecological processes, but also economic development, population change, and public policy choices such as western water law and land use planning rules.  We expect this class of models to be a powerful tool for water resource planners to explore the possible consequences of climate change, population growth, and different policy alternatives for both the supply and demand for water for different uses.  As updated projections of future climate become available, they can be plugged into such WWMs to assess their implications. Freshwater also provides additional services to assist in water resource planning, including: GIS based hydrologic models (ArcHydro),  Sea Level Rise (SLR) inundation and coastal vulnerability analyses (including tidal modeling and shoreline mapping), and floodplain delineation (FEMA).

Natural Resource Management and Conservation

We utilize GIS, remote sensing, and other modeling tools for mapping and modeling ecological and urban systems. These include: natural resource inventories (e.g., vegetation mapping), vulnerability assessments (e.g., sea level rise), and conservation valuation (e.g., habitat resilience). Our areas of expertise include both terrestrial and coastal environments. We have additional expertise in developing integrated Decision Support Systems (DSS) that model combined natural and human processes for long-term-scenario planning.

Sustainable Urban Planning

The firm is dedicated to utilizing GIS tools and techniques to assist in the development of sustainable communities. This includes a focus on modeling the relationships between the built environment (including land use and active transportation), public health, and social equity. Our products include walkability assessments and accessibility maps (to food, open space, transit, and other services), urban heat island studies, green-infrastructure-potential maps, and bike/ped route evaluations.

Technical Areas

Whole Watershed Modeling

Whole Watershed Models (WWM) are spatially and temporally explicit representations of the combined human and natural processes which significantly affect the supply and demand for water within a complete river basin.  Such processes include climate and climate change, evapotranspiration, wildfire, agriculture, irrigation, reservoir operations, population changes, municipal withdrawals and returns, land use changes, water law, and public policy.  Outputs from the model include tables, maps and charts of streamflows, irrigation and municipal withdrawals and returns, evapotranspiration, land use / land cover changes, and regulatory water right shutoffs. Freshwater has used the Envision modeling framework from Oregon State University as the backbone of two WWMs for the Willamette River Basin in Oregon.  An important feature of the Willamette River Basin WWMs is simulation of western water law during periods of water scarcity. Projections of where and when water shortages might occur, and the consequences of such shortages for agriculture, forests, and municipalities, are driven by alternative scenarios of future climate and policy choices.  Freshwater stands ready to apply the WWM integrated modeling framework to water resource modeling in other basins.

GIS (Spatial Analysis, Modeling and Mapping)

Freshwater provides services in GIS data collection and analysis, spatial data modeling, application development, and cartographic visualization (2D and 3D). Our team has platform expertise with ESRI products (ArcGIS 10.x, ArcSDE, ArcGIS Server, geodatabases, Network Analyst, Spatial Analyst, 3D Analyst) as well as open source platforms (Leaflet, Carto, OpenLayers, PostGIS, Leaflet, GeoExt, R, PostgreSQL, etc.). Our technical services also include field data collection (using sub-meter GPS or imagery sources).

Additionally, Brian Fulfrost has over 15 years’ experience teaching GIS and remote sensing to a range of professionals, students, and researchers. Building on this experience, Freshwater can tailor the development of in-person or online GIS trainings to suit your organization’s needs.

Remote Sensing

The proliferation and availability of aerial and satellite imagery, and most recently imagery available from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), has enabled a wide range of applications in urban planning and natural resource management. Freshwater’s expertise stems from its more than 20 years’ experience in aerial photo interpretation and digital image processing for diverse applications, including mapping of vegetation, land use/land cover (e.g., impervious cover), water quality, and coastal habitats.

Web and Mobile Mapping

Freshwater can custom design and build a web-based mapping application in a platform of your choice (Google Maps API, Leaflet, Carto, MapBox, MapServer, ArcGIS Server, etc.). Our applications are designed to use the most effective development platforms (PHP, Python, JavaScript, Flex, etc.) for flexibility, scalability, and ease of use. We can also tailor develop a data collection or mapping application on a mobile (or GPS) device of your choice. Our web/mobile mapping applications have been used as tools for stakeholder input (for bike, ped, and trail plans), engaging parents in developing routes for Safe Routes to School (SR2S), and data access for ocean/marine decision support systems.